I assume if you’re reading this article, you’ve been a Golfer’s Authority reader for a while. For that, my sincerest Thanks. We’re doing anything but slowing down. Just wait what’s coming in 2022.
If you’re still with me, you know that I’ve expressed my struggles with the putter. I’m not awful, but more days than not, I miss more makeable putts than I should. And those long ones? I think I made a total of seven outside of 20’ in 2021. That’s not very good considering the amount of golf I play.
That’s changing though. I now have an understanding of the fundamentals and mechanics that go into sound putting. Have a look for yourself. So, I’ll cut to the chase. One of my “AHA” moments in 2021 was realizing the importance of putter length. That’s right, no matter how many putters you try, finding the right length is one of the most important factors you need to consider before you swipe your credit card for a new flatstick.
How do I get Started?
If you’re searching for a new weapon, try some different putters. Your goal should be to find something that you like, feels good, and inspires confidence.
From there, the process begins with taking some measurements. The two key measurements putter fitters focus on are body height and arm length.
Yes, you should pay the fee to go through this process. It doesn’t cost much and is highly beneficial.
As a general rule, the taller you are, the longer the putter you need. If you’re taller than 6’ like me and your belly gets in the way, then something 35” or longer might be best. If you’re shorter in stature, and have shorter arms, then something 34” or less should be in your wheelhouse. These lengths should serve as a general guide. A lot will depend on your setup and putting style too.
Once you’ve found a putter that fits all of the criteria above, consult a certified putter fitter or your local PGA Professional and schedule a time to go through a proper fitting. Contrary to popular belief, getting fit for the right putter is just as important as doing the same for a driver or new set of irons.
Again, putter length is an essential part of this process.
Measuring Putter Length on Your Own
Maybe you don’t have access to someone who’s qualified to do a proper putter fitting. In this case, it’s up to you to measure putter length on your own.
Fortunately, this process is simple and easy. All you need is your prospective putter, a yardstick, and a flat surface.
Just lay the putter flat on the ground so that the sole is flush with the surface. Next, place the yardstick in the center of the putter head, keeping it in line with the putter shaft. Notice the measurement at the top of the grip. This will indicate your putter’s length.
It’s important to remember that all measurements might not be exactly to the inch. For example, if your putter measures 34 1/8”, it’s considered 34”. Small deviations shouldn’t make that much of a difference.
Customizable Putter Lengths
Most of us fall into the height category of between 5’6” and 6’3”. Most stock putter lengths are 33”, 34”, or 35” and are meant to fit golfers in this height range.
That’s not the case for everyone, however. For people shorter than 5’6” and taller than 6’3”, stock putter lengths might not be ideal. The good news is that most major putter manufacturers have options that allow you to customize the length of your putter (shorter than 33” and longer than 35”).
Ask any golf instructor and they’ll tell you that the fastest way to start shooting lower scores is by becoming a better putter.
Of course, this involves some practice on your part, there’s no getting around it. Just as important, however, is making sure you have the right putter in your hands. And a major factor to consider is putter length.
The good news is that finding the right length putter for your body and stroke is a simple process, one you can even do on your own.
When you do, you’ll find yourself making more putts, shooting lower scores, and having a lot more fun.